Duke-UNC basketball preview

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After missing the last three games with a sprained right ankle, UNC junior guard Theo Pinson will return to action Thursday night for the Tar Heels' big rivalry matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Duke. The next game is Saturday, March 4, at North Carolina. As of late, though, the heated rivalry has been a bit one-sided, with the Blue Devils winning 11 of the last 15 matchups. Duke has won four of the last five in the series, but the two have split at the betting window in their last 10 meetings. Duke, on the other hand, is just below the Tar Heels average at 83 points a game, ranking 20 in the country.

After losing three of four games during a stretch in January, Duke's season was on the brink of disaster.

Pinson returns to the lineup averaging 6.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season.

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Tonight, the No. 8 North Carolina men's basketball team travels the short distance from Chapel Hill to Durham to take on No. 18 Duke in what will likely be another tightly contested game between the two bitter rivals. Their offense is putting up some strong numbers this season and Duke's defense isn't good enough to keep them from putting up numbers here.

Carolina is huge up front with Isaiah Hicks (12.8, 5.6), Kennedy Meeks (12.6, 9.4) and Justin Jackson (18.6, 4.8).